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Coronavirus Misinformation: Weekly Briefings

Given the evolving nature of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic—and public understanding of the crises—we provide a weekly briefing about the spread of coronavirus information across multiple social media platforms. We will be posting all coronavirus briefings to this page, so check back regularly for our ...

2020-06-01T12:19:00+01:00June 1st, 2020|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Coronavirus News and Information on YouTube: A Content Analysis of Popular Search Terms

Social media is reshaping how people access information about the coronavirus crisis. The online video-sharing website YouTube has emerged as a major purveyor of health and wellbeing information. In this memo, we examine the nature and structural properties of a sample of 320 YouTube videos ...

2020-06-05T12:41:55+01:00April 17th, 2020|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Coronavirus Coverage by State-Backed English-Language News Sources

In this data memo, we examine the distribution of health-related news and information on social media of the English-language news outlets backed by the governments of China, Iran, Russia and Turkey. We measure the social distribution networks used on Twitter and Facebook and the levels ...

2020-04-17T13:31:02+01:00April 9th, 2020|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

The Challenges of Monitoring Social Media in the Arab World: The Case of the 2019 Tunisian Elections

Tunisian civil society groups raised alarms about the spread of disinformation and hate speech during the 2019 elections. These concerns centered around the legal and technical obstacles faced by Tunisian civil society actors monitoring elections on social media. We interviewed civil society leaders and digital ...

2020-03-22T20:38:37+00:00March 23rd, 2020|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Junk News & Information Sharing During the 2019 UK General Election

Today, an estimated 75% of the British public access information about politics and public life online, and 40% do so via social media. With this context in mind, we investigate information sharing patterns over social media in the lead-up to the 2019 UK General Elections, and ...

2019-12-09T12:44:25+00:00December 9th, 2019|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Industry responses to computational propaganda and social media manipulation

What have Internet companies done to combat the creation and spread of computational propaganda on their platforms and services? What do the leading players’ initiatives tell us about their coping strategies? How are their actions supported by the companies’ terms and policies for users and ...

2019-11-22T17:33:00+00:00November 22nd, 2019|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

OxTEC: Elections, technology and political campaigning in the United Kingdom

OxTEC’s final report, by Phil Howard and Lisa-Maria Neudert, sets out a series of recommendations aimed at securing the information infrastructure of elections and creating a trusted environment for the democratic use of technology. The report highlights areas for immediate action for policymakers, political parties, ...

2019-10-16T16:01:03+01:00October 16th, 2019|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

OxTEC: Political campaigning – the law, the gaps and the way forward

This OxTEC report by Ravi Naik looks into the legal framework surrounding digital political campaigning and the current regulatory gaps in this area. The report also sets out a series of future recommendations for policymakers designed to improve the regulation of political campaigning in the ...

2019-10-10T10:53:39+01:00October 10th, 2019|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

The Global Disinformation Order: 2019 Global Inventory of Organised Social Media Manipulation

Over the past three years, we have monitored the global organization of social media manipulation by governments and political parties. Our 2019 report analyses the trends of computational propaganda and the evolving tools, capacities, strategies, and resources. 1. Evidence of organized social media manipulation campaigns ...

2019-12-03T13:14:25+00:00September 26th, 2019|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|